[Creative Commons licensed image by Flickr user Lel4nd].

On November 19, the 2CI New and Emerging Media group hosted a lecture and workshop with Florian Thalhofer, a Berlin-based documentarian and the inventor of the Korsakow System.Both the lecture and the workshop were well-attended and provided thought-provoking interactions and conversations regarding the application of nonlinear, interactive film and database narratives.

The morning lecture given by Thalhofer overviewed the Korsakov System and its unique tagging system of “in” and “out” words for individual narrative units called “SNUs” that provide a viewer with choices as to the sequencing of the film. Through this tagging system, Thalhofer explained that a Korsakov film encourages viewers to interact with the film and fosters a user-defined narrative structure within each interaction. During his presentation, Thalhofer emphasized the interactive elements of the Korsakow System by encouraging the audience to make selections regarding the structure of his presentation via laser pointers on the DAEL Theater’s presentation screen.

The presentation also included excerpts and commentary from his past and current film projects, including his most recent work GELD.GR: Money and the Greeks. Over the course of the full day a group of 15 participants (including Daniel RobinSheldon Schiffer,Elizabeth StricklerNik VollmerKelly Fogwell, and Ben Miller from Communication) from a variety of local institutions and academic interests participated in an exciting and intensive workshop on creating a Korsakov film. Participants of this workshop learned more about the composition and production of non-linear narratives and how to use these elements within the Korsakow System. 

For more information about Florian Thalhofer or the Korsakov System, visit the project website: http://korsakow.org/

About the New and Emerging Media 2CI: The Welch School of Art & Design, the School of Music and the departments of communication and English are collaborating on a research cluster centered on new media. The initiative will focus on new media production, interactive media design, digital sound design and digital literacy. Contact: David Cheshier, chair, Department of Communication.